Friends of Upton State Forest
Resource Inventory Project

The Friends of Upton State Forest want to identify as many of the natural and historic resources of Upton State Forest as we can. This includes any of the parcels, even if they are not in the North Upton area. If you are aware of anything unusual, historic or in need of special protection, please let us know. This includes the location of any uncovered wells that you find.

In order to keep the information consistent and as complete as possible, please use the reporting forms we have developed. It is also important to include your contact information in case we have questions.

We will share any information we get with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. If you don’t want your name identified with the report please advise us.

If you have pictures you can attach them when you return the form if you only have one or two. If you have more than that, we would appreciate having you put them on a cd. If there is anything of note that you want to let us know about feel free to contact us.

Please submit the completed forms to or mail them to Friends of Upton State Forest, Resource Inventory Project, PO Box 258, Upton, MA 01568.


A map showing trails in the main portion of Upton State Forest prepared by the DCR is available here

Upton State Forest inlcudes hundreds of acres not shown on the DCR map. Parcel maps are being prepared to aid in the exploration of these areas.

Reporting Forms


Examples of what we are looking for.

Historic Resources:




Farmer's Crossing

(W. Johnson Photograph)






Cellar Hole (W. Johnson Photograph)


Special Trees:

Also known as “Witness Trees”, “Wolf Trees”, Historic Trees, Heritage Trees, or Big Trees. These are trees that are unusually large for their species and other surrounding trees. They may also be trees that have “witnessed” human activity for many years or could be associated with a historic place. Legacy trees (as defined by forest ecologists) are trees that provide or may someday provide large cavities for wildlife and large dead logs on the forest floor.

In 1935, CCC enrollees planted Sawara cypress as shrubs next to the buildings. Today they are “Witness Trees” that identify the footprint of the camp and the buildings that are no longer there. (E. Arnold photograph)



Wildife and Uncommom Plants:

What are you seeing as you use the forest? If you see unusual wildlife, or notice an abundance of wildlife using a particular area you might report it. This could include mammals, birds, turtles and other reptiles. You can also use the wildlife form to report unusual plants.


Spotted Turtle (T. Dodd Photograph)



Lady Slipper. (M. Walrath photograph)


Thank you for your interest in Upton State Forest!